Health care (EHIC)
Students are advised to have valid health and accident insurance. Otherwise, students will have to cover all incurred medical costs.
Students holding Polish citizenship can apply for an insurance within the Polish national health fund (NFZ), which entitles its holder to use the public health service. PESEL number required. Forms available in the School Office.
Students from EU member states
Students from EU member states are advised be insured in their home countries and bring a European Health Insurance Card which entitles them to the same treatment as Polish nationals. All European students holding the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to what follows:
Access to health care during a temporary stay in Poland
If you are entitled to health care under EEA rules on coordination of social security systems, during a temporary stay in Poland you are entitled to receive free health care services from health care providers who have concluded contracts for health services with the National Health Fund (NFZ). The information about health care providers who have concluded contracts with the NFZ is available in the competent regional branch offices of the NFZ. Facilities of these health care providers are marked with the logo of the NFZ:
- How do you get treatment by a general practitioner?
Go to a doctor who has a contract with the NFZ and show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a replacement certificate. Primary health care comprises examination and consultation by a general practitioner. A doctor may also refer you to diagnostic tests, to a specialist or to a hospital. Dispensaries are open from Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. on workdays, as well as on Saturdays, Sundays and on holidays 24-hour-care is provided by health units which have concluded contracts for this kind of services. They comprise out-patient care and home visits in case a patient's condition is serious. Addresses and telephone numbers of health units providing 24-hour-care are available in health care dispensaries.
- How do you get treatment by a specialist?
You need a referral from a doctor who practices within the health care system. No referral is required to following specialists:
- eye specialist
and for following persons:
- suffering from tuberculosis,
- infected with HIV,
- war invalids and persecuted persons,
- addicted to alcohol, stupefacients and psychoactive substances - in the case of addiction treatment.
Also in case of a sudden illness, accident, injury, intoxication or life threat you will receive necessary medical benefits without a referral. Go to a doctor who has a contract with the NFZ and show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a replacement certificate.
- How do you get treatment by a dentist?
Go to a dentist who has a contract with the NFZ and show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a replacement certificate. Free dental services are available only in the restricted scope set out in the Regulation of the Minister of Health of 24 November 2004 (Official Journal 04.261.2601). A list of free services and materials is available in the dentist surgery. You will have to cover costs of over standard services and materials on your own.
- How do you get hospital treatment?
You need a doctor's referral. In case of a sudden illness, accident, injury, intoxication or life threat you will receive necessary medical benefits without a referral. Go to a hospital which has a contract with the NFZ and show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a replacement certificate. When hospitalized, operations, diagnostic tests and medicines are provided free of charge.
How do you get transportation to a hospital?
In case of an accident, injury, childbirth, sudden illness or sudden deterioration of the state of health call an ambulance (dialing 999 or 112) or go directly to a hospital, in particular to an accident and emergency department (SOR). Ambulance transport in such cases is free of charge. Show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a replacement certificate.
How do you get medicines?
A prescription can be issued by a doctor who practises within the health care system or a doctor who does not practise within this system but has concluded a contract with the Fund authorizing him to issue prescriptions. Show your prescription and your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a replacement certificate in a pharmacy.
Prescribed medicines can be purchased:
- for a lump-sum price (in the case of basic medicines - 3,20 zł and in the case of magistral preparations - 5 zł);
- for 30 or 50% of the price of a medicine (in the case of supplementary medicines);
- for a full price - in the case of medicines which are not included in the reimbursed drugs list.
- Receiving free health care services on the basis of E 112 form.
After agreeing with the Polish health care provider about conditions and terms of benefit awarding, there is a need to submit a copy of E112 forms in a competent regional branch of NFZ depending on the seat of the health care provider.
- Polish institutions involved in the coordination of social security systems in the field of health benefits in kind
- Competent authority - The Minister of Health
- Liaison body - the Central Office of the National Health Fund
- Competent institution/ institution of the place of residence/ the place of stay - the National Health Fund acting through its regional branches.
- Details of the liaison body
Centrala Narodowego Funduszu Zdrowia - Departament Współpracy Międzynarodowej (Central Office of the National Health Fund - The Department of International Affairs)
ul. Grójecka 186
tel. +48 (22) 572 62 68
fax +48 (22) 572 63 19
- Details of the competent institutions/ institutions of the place of residence/the place of stay
- Dolnośląski Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ
ul. Joannitów 6
50-252 Wrocław, tel. (71) 79 79 131; fax (71) 79 79 129, e-mail: email@example.com
- Kujawsko-Pomorski Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ
ul. Mickiewicza 15
85-071 Bydgoszcz, tel. (52) 325 27 04; fax (52) 325 28 68, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lubelski Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ
ul. Szkolna 16
20-124 Lublin, tel. (81) 748 36 57 wew. 173; fax (81) 748 36 57 wew. 165, e- mail: email@example.com
- Lubuski Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ
ul. Podgórna 9B
65-057 Zielona Góra, tel. (68) 328 77 77; fax (68) 328 77 53, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Łódzki Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ
ul. Kopcińskiego 58
90-032 Łódź, tel. (42) 677 49 40; fax (42) 677 49 12, e-mail: email@example.com
- Małopolski Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ
ul. Ciemna 6
31-053 Kraków, tel. (12) 29 88 386; fax (12) 29 88 318, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mazowiecki Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ
ul. Chałubińskiego 8
00-613 Warszawa, tel. (22) 582 84 40, e-mail: email@example.com
- Opolski Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ
ul. Głogowska 37
43-315 Opole, tel.(77) 402 01 02; fax (77) 402 01 01, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Podkarpacki Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ
ul. Zamkowa 8
35-032 Rzeszów, tel. (17) 860 41 02; fax (17) 860 42 28, e-mail: email@example.com
- Podlaski Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ
ul. Pałacowa 3
15-042 Białystok, tel. (85) 745 95 31, fax (85) 745 95 39, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pomorski Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ
ul. Podwale Staromiejskie 69
80-844 Gdańsk, tel. (58) 321 86 26, fax (58) 321 85 15, e-mail: email@example.com
- Śląski Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ
ul. Kossutha 13
40-844 Katowice, tel. (32) 735 19 00, fax (32) 735 17 29, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Świętokrzyski Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ
ul. Jana Pawła II 9
25-025 Kielce, tel. (41) 36 46 100; fax (41) 34 30 490, e-mail: email@example.com
- Warmińsko-Mazurski Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ
ul. Żołnierska 16
10-561 Olsztyn, tel.(89) 539 19 27, fax (89) 533 96 70, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wielkopolski Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ
ul. Grunwaldzka 158
60-309 Poznań, tel. (61) 850 61 37, fax (61) 850 61 02, e-mail: email@example.com
- Zachodniopomorski Oddział Wojewódzki NFZ
ul. Arkońska 45
71-470 Szczecin, tel. (91) 425 10 00, fax (91) 425 11 88, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-EU students are advised to purchase a health insurance policy in their own countries before arrival to Poland.
It is also possible to purchase:
Polish public health insurance
Detailed information can be obtained at:
Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia
Wydzial Obslugi Ubezpieczen
ul. Batorego 24
Mon-Fri: 8:00 - 16:00
Infoline: (+4812) 9488
With a Polish public health insurance (NFZ insurance) students are entitled to get medical treatment at the any PPOZ in Kraków which has a con has a contract with the NFZ
NOTE: In order to be able to make use of the services of the University Hospital, PPOZ one needs to contact them and inform them of one's will for the unit to be one's primary health care provider. One needs to register at the unit for a visit every single time.
Polish private health insurance
Apart from the public medical care system, there is also a well-developed private sector offering individual medical insurance (e.g.: PZU, Warta, Compensa, Allianz and others).